Fibres West Wrap-Up

Fibres West took place this past weekend at the Show Barn at the Cloverdale Rodeo grounds.

Booth

Booth

I decided to use the same set-up as KnitCity. Using cardboard boxes for a display does have advantages - it's economical, easy to source and most importantly, compact for storing! However, this display works best with cakes. I am so done with cakeing dozens and dozens of skeins on my faulty swift. The upside is that my lovely customers get to skip that step and get straight to knitting / weaving / crocheting.  I just wrote crotcheting by accident. What would  that look like? Nevermind, don't answer.

Electric Coral and Hot Pink.

Electric Coral and Hot Pink.

This was our first show with my beloved Electric Coral colourway. Let me tell you, it was a hit. One customer bought a skein of EC Fingering on Friday and returned on Saturday with her WIP. I think she said it was a Verity Shawl - hope to see the finished product on Ravelry one day.

A customer's Electric Coral WIP

A customer's Electric Coral WIP

It was also great to meet with customers who have worked with my yarn before. You guys said some really nice things about our yarn. I got tingly.

Congratulations to Valerie N. from Burnaby! She won our draw for a skein of RainCityKntis Fingering yarn in Heliotrope. Hooray!

The duo behind Vegan Yarn

The duo behind Vegan Yarn

Vegan Yarn

Vegan Yarn

Enough about us. These events are also a great opportunity to visit with Fibre Friends like Heidi and Jeremy of Vegan Yarn. Given my background in sustainability, I really appreciate their commitment to producing vegan yarn. Not only is their stuff beautiful, they only travel by sustainable means to pick up supplies! Very cool. 

Emily the model and Alexa.

Emily the model and Alexa.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Alexa of Tin Can Knits. Though Alexa is a local designer, her design partner Emily is actually in Edinburgh. I also met Emily the model and admired her beautiful Low-Tide cardigan.

Rena, knitwear designer extraordinaire

Rena, knitwear designer extraordinaire

And of course, how could I forget The Red Fox and Gown? Another very talented knitwear designer, Rena also happens to be my sister.

Red Fox Fingerless Gloves

Red Fox Fingerless Gloves

She's produced an amazing amount of patterns that have already been very successful. How cute are her Red Fox Fingerless Gloves?

Foxy Business Hat

Foxy Business Hat

Not to mention our collaboration on The Foxy Business Hat.

All in all, it was a great weekend. I've already started to plan for the upcoming Knitter's Frolic in Toronto in a month's time. Back to the dyeing pots I go...